MNF Review: Ravens rookie Matt Elam
December, 17, 2013
By Steve Muench | ESPN Insider
The last pick in the first round and the third safety to come off the board in 2013, Baltimore's Matt Elam turned heads last week with his comments about Lions receiver Calvin Johnson.
Elam by no means shut down Megatron -- they didn't face off against one another -- and, no, I don't think the comments about getting physical played a role in Johnson's drops. Elam did, however, play a pivotal role in the Ravens' much needed win.
Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees showcased Elam's versatility by lining him up in the box, over the slot and deep. He masked the coverage by rotating Elam late in certain situations. Elam matched up with tight end Brandon Pettigrew, dropped into underneath zone coverage and provided help over the top in addition to rushing off the edge.